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June 29, 2011

Is Microsoft Listening to Your Skype Calls?

Just when we had enough stories about technology that can turn off your cameras phone during events, courts allowing law enforcement to search your phone during routine traffic stops or tracking technology tied to Skype; now it is revealed that Microsoft filed a patent application back in 2009 called Legal Intercept that can silently record communications on VoIP networks such as Skype.

It has been proffered that the legal rational is to make Skype CALEA capable. The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act requires telecommunications carriers and communication equipment vendors make its networks available for surveillance purposes by federal law enforcement agencies. 

Whatever the reason Microsoft may have for this back door voice interception technology, the privacy and free speech implications are ominous.

Our Orwellian big brother has been busy!

Hat tip to Jeffrey Brandt of PinHawk Law Technology Daily Digest.

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